Chris Cairns: Ex-New Zealand all-rounder bailed after perjury charge
Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns has been bailed by Westminster magistrates court after being charged with perjury.
The charge relates to a 2012 libel action in the High Court in London in which Cairns, 44, successfully sued Indian Premier League boss Lalit Modi.
Cairns has described claims he fixed matches as "absurd".
He recently added that he would do "whatever it takes to again prove my innocence".
Cairns was awarded £90,000 in damages after allegations on Twitter that he was involved in match-fixing.
He was interviewed by police in London at his own request this year over the latest claims, which he denied.
|Chris Cairns's international career|
Cairns said in a statement earlier this month that he was "extremely disappointed" to have been notified by the Crown Prosecution Service that it was their intention to charge him with perjury.
"However, at least there will now be an opportunity to face my accusers in an open forum, with some rigour and proper process around that, so that I can clear my name once and for all," he said.
"I hope that, through this forum, significant additional information will be flushed out that will help people to better assess the situation, as well as the character and motives of the parties involved.
"I wish this wasn't the situation. Having been to court before, I know what lies ahead and how gruelling it will be and how tough it is on my family. But I have nothing to hide and I will do whatever it takes to once again prove my innocence."
Andrew Fitch-Holland, a London barrister who appeared as a witness for Cairns at the libel trial, also appeared in court on 2 October to face one charge of perverting the course of justice.
The next hearing will be on 16 October.
Cairns, an ex-Nottinghamshire player, son of former New Zealand all-rounder Lance, played 62 Tests and 215 one-day internationals between 1989 and 2006.